The Pillars Of Preparedness PILLAR TWO-MOBILITY
The next "PILLAR" is mobility, Mobility is the extension of your person, or your individual capability. How I like to think about it, if you carry a Tourniquet on your person (You Should Always), then inside your vehicle you should carry a robust aid bag to ensure you can upgrade your level of care. Below are some ways you should setup your vehicle to be a MOBILITY CAPABLE, Bug Out Rig.
a. VEHICLE CAPABILITY: Sure you have a lot of experience on and off road, and may even be an expert in driving and other important skill sets pertinent to mobility. No matter what your skillsets are, it is all for nothing if your vehicle doesn't have the capability. Of course a constraint is you might not have the budget to buy a tricked out overland rig, but thats ok. What ever rig you have there are a few ways to improve the overall capability to ensure you can "Bug Out" when the time comes.
-Tires: A good set of tires is often neglected. Many will spend thousands on suspension, and other expensive equipment before investing in tires. I always recommend at a minimum an All Terrain tire, that has a good combination of off-road, and on road balance. My favorite? The Falken Wildpeak AT3W for moderate off road driving, and the M/T for more off-road use.
-Fuel: You are only as good as the extension of your Range. If you only have a quarter of a tank of gas when the lights go out, whatever your range on a quarter of a tank is, is the current limitation and capability you have. The fix? Extended Fuel tanks. A more popular aftermarket accessory in remote parts of the world and rural America, an onboard extended fuel tank will increase your range exponentialy and give you a capability to reach your destination in the worst case scenario. I use two companies for my tanks, Long Range America, and Transfer Flow, both which cover down on a myriad of makes and models. Don't have the money to invest in aftermarket tanks? Get storage containers and store your fuel at home. Just ensure you cycle through the fuel periodically to ensure it doesn't sit for an extended period of time.
-Med/Survival: Your rig should be out fitted with the proper equipment to facilitate survival for a minimum of 72hrs. This includes water, shelter, signal, med, and fire. The first thing that will kill you in survival off grid is exposure to the elements, so the question is: How would you survive living off your rig for an extended period of time and what type of equipment would you use to enable your survival. In addition, most people have "Go Bags" to support their individual life, but what about family, friends, or a mass casualty situation? If you are out and about with many people, always prepare by having enough to sustain survival for extended periods of time for multiple people. We have a large selection of medical/first aid, and survival kits perfect for your off road rig on www.fieldcraftsurvival.com
b. TRAINING: When it comes to training in Overland its difficult to narrow down the particulars that we need to work on in improving skill sets. I have been to a dozen racing and on/off road schools specializing in defense and evasive tactics for my old career field, Overlanding and preparing or the bug out is a different consideration. In October we are launching "Overland Training" which is a one stop shop to train you in different skill sets that you wil most certainly need in your mobility kit bag. www.overlandtraining.com
-Recovery: Self and Buddy Recovery is an important consideration when driving and bugging out in remote areas, "off the beaten path." We constantly talk about self reliance, and this is super important when considering "MEN" fighting for resources at all cost. Imagine you get stuck in the middle of nowhere with supplies and resources that are desperately being fought for? The ability to get yourself out of a bad situation by having the proper equipment and proper training will be life critical.
-Navigation: We are super dependent on the GPS network, and our electronics. When is the last time you looked at a map and compass to navigate to your destination? Pace count, understanding terrain, and navigating on a compass is a super important skillset to train and sustain, they most definitely are perishable skills.
-Survival: Survival skills are often thought about as BUSHCRAFT, but bushcraft for us is the worst case scenario. If for example you are rubbing sticks together to start a fire, you've failed to plan many contingencies prior. Lighters, matches, hurricane matches, and flint rods are all on the list prior to the worst case scenario. Having these skillsets are still important to learn, and most often neglected in survival skills. We prioritize the staples of survival being shelter, fire, water, signal, and med, at a minimum with contingencies to plan for, equip yourself with and train.
NEXT BLOG, I'll discuss the third pillar "SAFE HOUSE" and how your home should be set up to sustain long term survival.
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